Good Buy, Columbus?

Commentary by Pete du Pont

Section II of the Ohio Constitution authorizes citizens of the state to draft legislative proposals--called initiated statutes--and with the signatures of 3% of the total vote cast in the last gubernatorial election submit them to the state Legislature for action. If the Legislature refuses to act, or votes the initiated statute down, similar signatures on a second petition will put the proposed statute on the ballot in the next general election.

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